Change Stack Icon (Drawers for Download etc.)

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  1. goinskiing macrumors 6502a

    goinskiing

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    #1
    Okay, so I downloaded the drawers for the stack icons in the dock. I scoured the forums and did not find a simple way to do this, at least comprehensively. I am still fairly new to Macs (about 2 months) but familiar with computers as an "IT Guy." Anyways, if someone could give me step-by-step, locations of folders etc, that would be most appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Like so:
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  2. Matek macrumors 6502a

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    This isn't really a feature, more of a workaround.

    You simply put each icon in the actual folder of the stack (Downloads, whatever) and then use the command-line utility to change its "date created" property to something in the future. Because the stack always sorts icons by date of creation, your transparent drawer icon with a bogus creation date somewhere in 2069 will always stay in the front.

    Exact info on what commands to type in the command line can be found here.
     
  3. goinskiing thread starter macrumors 6502a

    goinskiing

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    I get it now

    Now I understand, it's acting as the "foremost" document on the stack. Clever.
     
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    That is correct, but for an even simpler way just rename the file that you would like to appear in the front along the lines of " 1" (a few spaces in front of the filename) and it will similarly always appear in the front.

    And if you would like the second one to always show to be a folder (along the lines of the download stack in your attached pic) just put a folder in there renamed to " 1" or similar, just making sure it has at least one less space in front of the filename than the drawer icon.

    BTW- I don't know if you have seen them, but someone else did a set of similar icons with a wood theme- pretty cool. I used them and customized them to fit my needs:
     

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  5. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

    Tex-Twil

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    Hello,
    I got my MBP yesterday and Im trying to "change" the download stack icon. But I feel like a newbie (I am a osx newbie). I got the icons from here:
    http://www.geocities.jp/chy065/

    Then I "mount" the DRAWERS_icon_1.dmg file which shows the different icons.

    If I understand correctly, the only thing to do then is to drag the icon to the folder we want. But this doesn't work. The icon, let's say "Download.dmg" doesn't show up in the Download directory. Instead, there is a kind of text file. I'll post a screen when I'm at home.

    By the way, is a .dmg a correct extension for an icon ??

    regards,
    tex
     
  6. 3rdfinger macrumors newbie

    3rdfinger

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    #6
    kill the dock!

    After placing the file in the folders you want them in you have to "restart the dock"

    to do that you have a few options.
    the easiest is to restart your computer.

    slightly more advanced: Open APPLICATIONS>UTILITIES>TERMINAL

    type "killall Dock" (case sensitive, use a capital D)
    and hit return

    that will restart the process that handles the dock.
    I just tested it, and it worked.

    good luck!

    :apple:>>> MAC PRO 8core - LEOPARD 10.5.5 <<<:apple:
     
  7. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

    Tex-Twil

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    Thanks man that worked ;)
     
  8. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    #8

    DMG is a disk image. Think of DMG as a zip file that acts like a cd.
     
  9. 3rdfinger macrumors newbie

    3rdfinger

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    sure thing boss! now go modify your dock itself! ;)

    http://leoparddocks.com/
    :p
     

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